A.M.A. Passes Resolution Calling for Greater Patient Access to Evidence-Based Treatments for Obesity

Posted 6/13/2014

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) believes passage of the “Patient Access to Evidence-Based Obesity Services” resolution by the American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest physician group, will help in the fight to improve patient access to evidence-based obesity treatments including intensive behavioral counseling, FDA-approved obesity drugs and bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Currently, only 22 of 50 states have bariatric surgery listed as a covered benefit within the Affordable Care Act…

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Announcing the Release of MBSAQIP Standards

Posted 5/19/2014

We are pleased to announce the release of the ACS/ASMBS standards for the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). We appreciate the time and consideration you gave in reviewing and commenting on the standards as we worked to develop the guiding document for our joint accreditation program.  The ASMBS strongly believes in the value of accreditation in metabolic and bariatric surgery and looks forward to continued advances of this accreditation program as…

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MBSAQIP – Applications Now Being Accepted in the Unified Accreditation Program

Posted 5/19/2014

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted in the unified accreditation program between the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as outlined in the Resource Manual Optimal Care for the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2014 standards document. 

New centers (not currently participating in the MBSAQIP) seeking status as a MBSAQIP Accredited…

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May Advocacy Report

Posted 5/1/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On June 2nd, leaders from the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) participated in another monthly advocacy day — targeting legislators from the Illinois congressional delegation. OCC leaders urged their legislators to support a sign-on letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius — urging the Department to issue guidance similar to what the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) outlined in March for the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan. In that March 20th…

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Integrated Health Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee Spotlight

Posted 4/21/2014

The mission of the IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee is to create evidence-based guidelines and position statements with focus on clinical issues related to the integrated multidisciplinary team, as well as issues related to the individual Integrated Health disciplines. Its goal is to enhance the safety, quality and outcomes of bariatric and metabolic surgical patient care.

connect recently explored the work of the committee with Committee Chair and IHEC Liaison, Pamela Davis, RN, CBN,…

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ASMBS Membership Committee Spotlight

Posted 3/21/2014

ASMBS is more than 4,000 members strong, a reflection of the growing importance of the organization and the value it continually strives to bring to its diverse membership. connect asked ASMBS Membership Committee Chair, John Kelly, MD, chief of General Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center, about the work of the committee and what it does to serve current members and attract new ones.

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March ASMBS Activity Report

Posted 3/1/2014

Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, ASMBS Washington Representative

On March 20, 2014, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a letter to all Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) Program Carriers regarding coverage of FDA-approved obesity drugs and bariatric surgery. In the Carrier letter, OPM stated that:

“It has come to our attention that many FEHB carriers exclude coverage of weight loss medications. Accordingly, we want to clarify that excluding weight loss drugs from FEHB coverage…

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Integrated Health Support Group Committee Spotlight

Posted 2/21/2014

The mission of the ASMBS Integrated Health Support Group committee is to promote the development of support groups in the care of bariatric surgical patients. Through the development and distribution of resources, including a support group leader manual, the seven-member committee is helping nurses, bariatric coordinators and support group leaders meet the needs of their patients.

connect recently interviewed Committee Chair, Stephen Ritz, PhD, Licensed Psychologist at Decatur Psychotherapy Group and its Co-Chair, Kellie Armstrong,…

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Public Education Committee Spotlight

Posted 1/21/2014

David Provost, MD, FACS, chair of the ASMBS Public Education Committee believes while progress has been made in educating the public and obesity and bariatric surgery, much work remains. The ASMBS Public Education Committee is charged with doing some of that work, which includes providing content for the new ASMBS website, creating patient education materials and increasing awareness of the safety and effectiveness of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

connect recently interviewed Dr. Provost, medical director…

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An Interview with Kirk Reichard, MD, ASMBS Pediatric Surgery Committee Chair

Posted 10/21/2013

Recent headlines about children as young as two-years-old getting bariatric surgery have grabbed attention, but have not changed the position of the ASMBS and its Pediatric Surgery Committee. It issued Best Practice Guidelines in 2012 and nothing since then has changed the consensus on the risks and benefits of bariatric surgery in adolescents and the criteria for patient selection.

connect recently interviewed Kirk Reichard, MD, FACS, FAAP, ASMBS Pediatric Surgery Committee Chair, about the controversial…

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